Uniform Enforcement or Personalized Law? A Preliminary Examination of Parking Ticket Appeals in Chicago

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This article is one in a series of papers that sets the record straight about the type, quality and quantity of information that U.S. cities may employ, in order to make more informed policy decisions. It does so, specifically, by examining information that is collected by the City of Chicago. The goal is to gauge the uniformity, as well as the relative cost-effectiveness, of the parking ticket appeals process. The article has six (VI) parts. Part I is the introduction, which sets the stage for a preliminary examination of the parking ticket appeals process in Chicago. Part II describes the applicable law. Part III explains this article’s methodological approach, which employs percentage analysis to explain how parking tickets are distributed, how parking ticket appeals are distributed and how frequently ticket recipients obtain relief in Chicago. Part IV outlines the article's positive analysis, which includes the fact that more advantaged zip codes have higher administrative costs and lower parking ticket error rates than disadvantaged zip codes in Chicago. Part V contains my normative recommendations. Part VI is the conclusion.

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Indiana Law Journal Supplement